Chicago man arrested after carjacking victim spots car

An 18-year-old Chicago man was charged by North Riverside police with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated fleeing and eluding police on Jan. 4, a day after the vehicle the man was driving was taken during a carjacking incident on Chicago’s West Side.

The victim of the Jan. 3 carjacking, a 31-year-old Chicago man, called police at 3:10 p.m. on Jan. 4 when he reported seeing his Tan Chevy Malibu driving southbound on Harlem Avenue near Cermak Road.

Police located the vehicle, occupied by three men, driving westbound in the 7400 block of Cermak Road and attempted to pull it over. Instead, the driver, later identified as Anthony L. Thomas, accelerated and led police on a chase through Forest Park and then eastbound on Washington Boulevard through Oak Park and Chicago at speeds in excess of 70 mph, according to the police report.

The chase ended when the Malibu left the roadway and struck a tree at Washington Boulevard and Central Park Avenue in Chicago. Two of the occupants, including Thomas, were apprehended at the scene. Police also reported recovering a handgun from the floor of the vehicle.

Thomas denied being involved in the carjacking incident, which is being investigated by Chicago police. In addition to the two felonies, North Riverside police charged Thomas with reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and two counts of speeding.

Vehicle break-ins

  • A 37-year-old Wheaton woman called police on Dec. 29 after finding that the rear driver’s side window of her 2011 Nissan Maxima, which was parked in the J.C. Penney’s west lot, shattered.

The woman told police she parked the vehicle at about 2:45 p.m. When she returned at about 4 p.m., the window was shattered and a black iPod Touch was missing.

  • A 24-year-old Cicero woman called police on Dec. 30 to report that items were taken from her unlocked 2000 Chevy Impala, which she left for a brief period of time to deliver something to an employee at Sports Authority, 1800 Harlem Ave.

The woman left the car unsecured about 9 p.m. and went into the store. When she returned, she found that her Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cellphone was missing along with “important papers” including her Social Security card and the title of the vehicle.

  • A resident of the 3800 block of Harrison Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Dec. 29 to report that sometime after Dec. 23 someone entered her unlocked 2013 Kia and removed three packs of cigarettes and a Cook County Sheriff’s Office parking pass.
  • Brookfield police responded to the 4500 block of Grove Avenue on Dec. 30 at about 6:45 p.m. after a resident called to report two male juveniles checking car doors and entering at least one vehicle before leaving the area southbound.

Police arrived at the scene and observed one vehicle had been ransacked. The vehicle’s owner told police that nothing appeared to be missing and officers could find no other vehicles that appeared to have been entered.

  • A Riverside resident contacted police on Dec. 30 to report that on the previous day between the hours of 5:30 and 6:45 p.m., someone sawed off the catalytic converter from the undercarriage of a black Lincoln SUV, which was parked in the MacNeal Professional Building parking lot, 3722 Harlem Ave.
  • A police officer was flagged down at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Dec. 31 at about 4:10 p.m. by an 18-year-old Elmwood Park woman who said her vehicle had been burglarized.

The woman told police she parked her 2012 Chevy Cobalt in the Sears east lot at about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 30. When she returned to her vehicle at 9:30 p.m., she noticed three cartons of cigarettes missing from the back seat. In addition, a wallet containing her driver’s license was missing and the lower panel of the dashboard was removed and lying on the front floorboard.

Police said there no signs of forced entry.

  • A 42-year-old Chicago woman reported on Jan. 1 that while shopping at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m., someone opened the trunk of her 2009 Dodge, which was parked in the lot near the bus stop, and stole her Michael Kors purse, which contained a wallet, checkbook, credit cards and gloves.

Package stolen from porch

A woman called police on Dec. 29 to report that a package, delivered by the U.S. Postal Service to her residence in the 4600 block of Eberly Avenue on Dec. 15, had been stolen.

The woman’s sister-in-law called on Dec. 27 to see if she had received the package, which included a book on Scottish history and a nutcracker statue. The victim verified with the post office that the package had been left on the front porch of the apartment building.

North Riverside home burglarized

A resident of the 2300 block of Westover Avenue, North Riverside, called police on Jan. 2 to report his home had been burglarized.

The man said he left his house about 11 a.m. on Jan. 1. When he returned around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 2, he found that a Microsoft Surface Tablet, a Galaxy Tablet, a Microsoft Mouse and a Microsoft Zune media play were missing.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry to the residence.

Passed out at the wheel

North Riverside police reported that a 53-year-old Stickney woman found slumped over the gear shift of a 2002 Ford Mustang in the parking lot of Best Buy, 2358 Harlem Ave., at 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 2 had a blood-alcohol level of .319, which is nearly four times the legal limit of .08.

The vehicle’s engine wasn’t running, but the keys were in the ignition, according to police. Police had to shake the woman’s shoulder to wake her up, according to the report, and officers located a cup that smelled strongly of alcohol on the floor of the car.

She was also cited for having no proof of vehicle insurance.

Food court fracas

North Riverside police on patrol inside the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, were called to the food court on Dec. 30 at about 6:20 p.m. after hearing yelling and screaming coming from the area.

Police reported observing juveniles yelling at and pushing each other before some of the juveniles began picking up chairs and throwing them at one another. The juveniles scattered as police from North Riverside, Riverside and Berwyn along with mall security personnel arrived.

No juveniles involved in the fighting were apprehended. No mall patrons were struck by any chairs or injured during the fight, police reported.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 29, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

—Compiled by Bob Uphues